Winter Olympics 2014

Hat-trick of golds for short-track master Hamelin

The 29-year-old skater clocked 2 to snatch the gold ahead of 17-year-old Han Tianyu of China, who took silver in 2 Victor Ahn, 28, gave hosts Russia their first ever Olympic short track medal with bronze in 2 Hamelin, who won gold in the 500m and the 5,000m relay at Vancouver 2010, as well as a silver in the 5,000m relay at Turin 2006, is the highest-ranked male short-tracker in Sochi and currently tops the World Cup rankings in the 1,000m and 1,500m. "For me, and even more for Canada the gold in the 1,500m is really important because we…
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Luge maestro Loch hails the appliance of science

The Germans - spearheaded by Loch and Natalie Geisenberger - are by far the most successful luge nation in Olympic history and are once again proving that they are the force to be reckoned with at Sochi 2014. The statistics make impressive reading. To date the Germans have won 70 medals out of 117 since the sport was introduced to the Winter Olympics in 1964. Newly crowned double Olympic champion Loch puts the success partly down to the use of advanced training methods. “One should have the distinct understanding of physics to achieve serious progress in luge,” said the 24-year-old,…
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Iraschko-Stolz rolls back the years ahead of Olympic debut

The 30-year-old dominated the women's first outing on an Olympic ski jumping hill on Saturday, winning two of the three jumps, ahead of Japanese teenage star and overwhelming favourite Sara Takanashi and the USA's Sarah Hendrickson, who are respectively 13 and 11 years her Austrian made light of her relative advancing years in the practice session on Saturday, when she was the only woman to jump 100 ;Weeds don't die away quickly,” joked the 2011 world champion, who served a reminder of her talents when she scored two World Cup wins ahead of frontrunner Takanashi in January, and she is…
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McDonalds unveil legacy playground in Sochi

The playground is designed to meet the needs of all children, including those with disabilities, enabling them to play, learn and be active and reflects the company's belief in the importance of physical and creative play in bringing family and friends together. The company has also invited children from the host country Russia for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Sochi to experience the Games first hand. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games marks the company's tenth consecutive Games as the Official Restaurant. Nearly 350 Russian Olympic Champion Crew members from across the country will serve at McDonald's two 24-hour onsite restaurants.…
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Stoch ends Ammann’s golden run to claim first ski jump title

The 26 year-old arrived in Sochi as the red-hot favourite, having already captured the large hill world title and leading the way in the World Cup series. He claimed victory at the RusSki Gorski Ski Jumping Centre with jumps of and , for a total of 278 points. That gave him a advantage over second-placed Peter Prevc of Slovenia, with Norway's Anders Bardal winning bronze on pts. "In the morning I had serious health problems, and I thought I was not going to jump,” revealed the newly crowned champion, Poland's first ski jump gold medal winner since Wojciech ...read more
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Team figure skating: Veteran and prodigy combine to deliver first gold for Russia

It was a fourth Olympic medal for the 31-year-old Plushenko, but his achievement was almost overshadowed by Lipnitskaia, who, at less than half his age, produced a performance that left a packed Iceberg Skating Palace mesmerised. In total, the hosts won five of the eight sections over three days of competition to rack up 75 points of a possible 80. Canada took silver with 65 with the USA finished as bronze medallists with 60. Russia actually made sure of gold before the final round the ice dance free dance, in which Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov placed third behind Americans…
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Loch wins battle of heavyweights to claim another luge gold

Joining Loch on a legend-laden podium, Russia's Albert Demchenko marked his record-equalling seventh Olympic Games with the silver, while Armin Zöggeler of Italy Olympic champion in 2002 and 2006 maintained his record of making every luge podium since 1994 by claiming the bronze to take his overall Olympic medal tally to six. With the competition taking place over four runs two on Saturday and two on Sunday, Loch's natural speed was too much for his two fortysomething rivals. He finished with a combined time of 3min secs, seconds ahead of 42-year-old Demchenko, and seconds ahead ...read more
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Slovakia strikes gold, as Kuzmina retains biathlon sprint title

Kuzmina won in a time of 21 to see off Russia's Olga Vilukhina, who was seconds behind. Vita Semerenko of Ukraine took bronze, seconds behind the champion. Overall World Cup leader Tora Berger of Norway finished down in 10th place, more than 33 seconds behind the winner, while fellow favourite Gabriela Soukalová could only manage 29th place, 1 behind Kuzmina, having registered three faults on the shooting range. Slovakia's greatest Winter Olympian Born in Russia, and the sister of Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin, Kuzmina is now the first female biathlete in history to complete a successful ...read more
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Flying Dutchwoman Wüst reclaims 3,000m title

The Dutchwoman won her third Olympic gold medal, as her time of 04 was over one and a half seconds faster than that of close rival Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. Sablikova, who won this event by two seconds at Vancouver 2010, looked likely to repeat the feat after clocking a formidable time of 04, but she had to settle for silver after a quite devastating response from the 27 year-old Dutchwoman. Wüst set an exhilarating pace from the start of her outing, the penultimate run of Sunday's contest, and her position at the top of the podium was…
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IOC President meets Russian athletes and their families at the P&G Family Home

P&G's Family Home provides athletes and their Families with a “home away from home” and helps take care of the everyday needs of athletes competing at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games so they can focus on performing at the top of their the Games, the company's oral care brands – including Crest and Oral B – are supporting the Polyclinic; Ariel will launder 30,000 linens a day; Fairy will help clean up after five million people each day; and P&G's household care brands will help keep the Olympic Village clean. As part of its worldwide partnership with the ...read…
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